West Cork won’t stand down in the fight against water fluoridation


Posted on: 5th February, 2014

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

The West Cork campaign against water fluoridation is becoming a force to be reckoned with as Bantry and Macroom Town Councils make the historic move this month to join ranks with Skibbereen and Clonakilty alongside other town councils across the country in calling for an immediate end to water fluoridation in Ireland.

Macroom and Bantry have joined Clonakilty and Skibbereen in calling for the immediate cessation of Public Water Fluoridation in Ireland and are endorsing the West Cork Fluoride Free Campaign group in their efforts to have West Cork declared Ireland’s first Fluoride Free region.

Owen Boyden, who’s assisting with the West Cork Fluoride Free campaign and the national efforts to have the mandatory water fluoridation policy reversed said, “This development gives the campaign here in West Cork and across the country another welcome boost of support, though it makes no difference legally, as water fluoridation is mandated at government level, (the only democracy in the world that takes this stance). It does show public support is massively growing and the Irish government’s fluoridation policy regrettably continues despite increasing isolation here in Ireland and abroad.”

Mr. Boyden has also said that, “It’s hoped in the next few weeks that we will see a West Cork Town declared Ireland’s first Fluoride Free Town”.  This will be achieved through a minimum six businesses in one town having reverse osmosis fluoride filtration installed enabling them to serve fluoride free water to their customers.

Around 300 people attended a recent public protest at Emmet Square in Clonaklilty in January, which called for a ban on the fluoridisation of Ireland’s public water supply. The idea of Clonakilty becoming Ireland’s first ‘Fluoride Free Town’ was mooted at the meeting and a public pledge was given by attendees not to pay the upcoming water charges until fluoride is removed from the public water supply.

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